That attitude might have rubbed people the wrong way when Anthony
first came out on Tour. Everybody likes to talk about how important
winning is, but only a few really live that way. Anthony is not out
there to make a check. He wants to win and he’ll fight tooth and nail
for it all the time. For guys who have lost that desire — or maybe
never had it in the first place — seeing a player who burns with it
can make them uncomfortable.
Anthony doesn’t make any apologies about his attitude and I don’t
want to him to ever change. I see a real Seve Ballesteros-type attitude
with him, that "I’m here to win" and "no points for second place"
Speaking of Seve, Anthony should be a great addition to the Ryder
Cup team this year because there’s no fear in this kid at all. He and
Sergio Garcia got into it during a practice round at Riviera this year, and I know he’d love to take on Sergio at Valhalla. Anthony’s not going to take s— from anybody.
I hear people says that Anthony is becoming more mature, but I
honestly don’t know what they mean. Maybe Anthony is a little more
patient on the course, but he hasn’t changed who he is. He’s a baller
and he can play with anybody. There’s greatness in this kid and it’s
great to see him flourish. We really need him in the game, because when
Tiger Woods isn’t in the field, golf can be boring. But it’s never
boring with Anthony.
The belt buckle really sums Anthony up: the swagger in his game. One time
Tiger was giving him grief about the belt, and Anthony said, "Nike
doesn’t make this… yet." Tiger loves that kind of stuff, because
that’s the way he is too.
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